Holidays in our backyard
I love living somewhere where you can totally holiday in your own backyard! 3 weeks off work and many plans for boating, fishing and photoing. Now that I am armed with my new Ikelite Underwater Housing for my old D7000, our three favourite activities combine nicely!
Boating, fishing, photography
Off we cruised to Truant Island, new waters for us. Yielding waters as it turned out. Gav pulled in a few nice cod and I monopolized the gold band snappers. By mid afternoon we were ready to explore the island and find some calm clear waters for camping and to try out some under-over water shots.
The tragedy of ghost nets
Sadly we came across a number of ghost nets as we lapped the island. Much like icebergs there was not much to see on the surface but underneath the water lies the real beast of them. Gav hooked one up to the back of the boat and we managed to tow it in but the others were much too heavy.
Ghost Net 2
It is sad to see these in such magical waters but on a side note I have seen these tragedies turned into beauty by the women at the Gapuwiyak Art Centre where they are creating artwork out of the very tangles that threaten the wildlife in these waters.
After getting side tracked with the ghost nets we found a calm bay with magnificent crystal clear aqua waters so I hopped in with the underwater housing for a play and later we camped here on the boat for the night.
Beach ApproachFirst attempts at underwater photography.
Aqua waters, a tropical island all to ourselves, nice wine, our boat and great fishing. Sounds like paradise no? Unfortunately all was not well and the next morning we discovered that our starter motor had departed this earth and gone to starter motor heaven. Stranded. 62km from Nhulunbuy.
Eventually the boys in blue made it out to tow us home. 62kms at 8 knots equates to about 5 hours travel / boredom. And not even a chance to drop a line. Never have I been happier to see the refinery appear on the horizon!
Two days of mixed blessings but a new spot discovered, a new toy played with, an SD card full of images and plenty of fish in our freezer. All in all I feel like we won! Is it any wonder that we love Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory?!
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